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1 fl.oz./30mL $11.50
If you are truly serious about anti-aging, then you will need to use peptides. Peptides are short chains of amino acids, and are the building blocks of proteins. The most commonly known proteins in the skin are collagen, elastin and keratin (of which skin cells are made from), which are responsible for its texture and tone. There are hundreds of different peptides, all of which are made from different combinations of amino acids. In skincare, peptides are used to help reinforce those proteins naturally occurring in the skin, therefore rejuvenating and maintaining it. Different types of peptides have different effects, from smoothing wrinkles or repairing barrier function to increasing firmness and hydration. Several peptides can be combined in one product, and most are found in anti-aging products for skin that has started to demonstrate a decrease in the production of those essential proteins. On skincare product labels look for words that end in “peptide”, many also begin with “palmitoyl”. Another common one is Matrixyl™. *
Due to their function in helping to reinforce essential proteins in the skin, peptides are powerful anti-aging ingredients to include in your regimen. Because there are so many different peptides, having them combined in one product can allow you to target several different signs of aging at once, as well as reinforcing the skin’s own protective functions. However, if peptides are not stored correctly, they can be vulnerable to degradation from light and air. For example, if they are stored in jars where the product is directly exposed each time it is opened. There are so many different types of peptides that it’s difficult to generalize, but some may cause irritation for certain skin types, so do your research before investing in a product, as products including them can be expensive. * (https://bit.ly/2KgmfCE).
Today we are going to discuss The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA. Matrixyl™ is a trademarked peptide composition developed by Sederma Inc. in France. It is a highly effective peptide that has been shown to reduce the look of static and dynamic wrinkles. Basically wrinkles that are not in motion and ones that are, like crow's feet and laugh lines. This formula contains two generations of Matrixyl™, Matrixyl™ 3000 and Matrixyl™ synthe'6™, at a combined strength of 10% weight in a specialized hyaluronic acid delivery system. The peptide in Matrixyl™ 3000 is palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and the peptide in Matrixyl™ synthe'6™ is palmitoyl tripeptide-38. These are contraindicated when used with Vitamin C, as they exhibit hydrolysis (a breakdown when combined with water). Deciem has done a good amount of research in this category and has determined that they are more susceptible to breakdown when exposed to certain types of Vitamin C or acids. It is best not to use them with L-Ascorbic Acid or Ethylated Ascorbic Acid.
To use: appy a few drops to the face in the am and pm. However, remember that if you are using a an LAA (L-Ascorbic Acid, avoid using this product in the am, as this is best used in the am). It irritation occur, cease use and consult a doctor. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch test prior to use. Keep out of reach of children.
After using this for about 4 weeks you should start to see good results. Peptides do not work overnight. They work best on light to moderate fine lines and wrinkles. I have found them particularly useful in for my light wrinkles that occurred from lifting my eyes up from having to put on mascara. I had some fine lines above my eyes and the peptides helped immensely. Used with retinol and you should experience the best results.
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA retails for 11.50 and can be purchased online at www.deciem.com. Like The Deciem on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deciem/ and Follow Deciem on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deciem/.
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